by Brad Wos (Multicultural Director Central District EFCA)
“And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” Mark 8:5
A few Sundays ago, Pastor Adam preached his first message at First Free from Mark 8. As Adam preached, my heart rejoiced how Jesus multiplies 7 loaves of bread to feed thousands. For the last 7 years, First Free has also invested small loaves to empower and feed thousands of foreign-born immigrants in St. Louis through Cup of Nations soccer. Last year, St. Louis was named the fastest growing foreign-born city in America and Cup of Nations is a multiplied investment blessing St. Louis!
Cup of Nations is a gospel catalyst to make, mature, and multiply disciples through sport among all peoples in 20 US Cities. Cup of Nations St. Louis is now multiplying teams in East St. Louis, South City, North City, Ferguson, Carman Trails, and Eureka. Narcis Boboc, as a foreign-born St. Louis leader has caught the Cup of Nations vision. Cup of Nations has built a team with Narcis to start a not-for-profit thirty acre sports academy in Eureka with seven turf fields, two fields to be completed in December. The goal of United St. Louis Academy is to train faithful families to multiply grace through sport among all peoples.
Narcis Boboc is pictured with his son Josiah and a Romanian Gospel Ball at Cup of Nations 5 years ago when his Romanian team won the tournament. Narcis says, “Please say thank you to First Free for their vision to invest and empower immigrants like me to share the Gospel through Sport.”
Furthermore, please continue to pray for disciple-making and church planting through Cup of Nations sport right next door to First Free at Carman Trails Elementary School. For those that would like to join the Cup of Nations team and get in the game please speak to me about opportunities all over the city and next door! I can be reached at Bwos@efcacentral.org.
For the last 3 years Cup of Nations has served Carman Trails families with summer, winter, and spring soccer. Dr. Robert Villigram, Vice Principal at Carman Trails has become a school advocate of Cup of Nations. Cup of Nations has also started a semi- pro soccer team called St. Louis Club Atletico. They set up an inflatable soccer field for ESL summer soccer camps; as pictured here with one of four classes. We have developed great connections with the Carman Trails families. They keep asking us to run Wednesday night soccer clubs. Join the Cup of Nations team by building community with Soccer at Carman Trails School and in the city at Tower Grove Christian Academy, starting December 6. Jesus delights to take a simple game like soccer and use it to multiply grace to families all over our city! Your investment in Cup of Nations is to multiply grace among all peoples.